Part of our job at Home and Design magazine is to keep you abreast of the latest and greatest in kitchen technology—sometimes (like now) even giving you a glimpse into the future. Here, let us introduce you to Thermador’s Freedom Induction Cooktop and Thermador’s Star Speed Dishwasher. Both will bring your kitchen into the 21st century at light speed.
Called “the techie chef’s dream” by Wired Magazine and “the world’s sexiest stove” by Forbes, Thermador’s Freedom Induction Cooktop is the first, full-surface, induction appliance with the flexibility of a natural-mapping user interface that intelligently recognizes cookware size, shape and position to deliver heat without boundaries. You read that right—the Freedom cooktop knows what pots and pans you are using and where they are on the cooking surface.
You can put your cookware anywhere on the cooking surface, and use any shaped pits and pans–including specially-shaped cookware such as griddles and oval-shaped pans. The natural-mapping user interface even lets you move your cookware around during the cooking process, which is helpful if you add and remove different dishes during meal preparation — like making sauces, boiling water, and sautéing. There are no limits on where to place the cookware.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any cooler…the surface is made from transparent ceramic glass, allowing for the integration of the color touchscreen. Besides just showing you the position of all your cookware on the cooktop’s surface, the touchscreen performs live updates as cookware is moved to a different position, giving you an intuitive cooking experience.
With more than 30 international patents, the Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop is built with 48 individual three-inch induction heating elements below the surface of the appliance. That gives you 63-percent more effective cooking area on the surface than those old-fashioned (predefined) elements. The Freedom Induction Cooktop also offers all of the benefits of traditional induction technology: instantaneous and precise temperature control (making it as responsive as gas); safer cooking (as the surface stays cool to the touch); and easier cleaning with its smooth and flush surface.
Here, at a glance, are some of the highlights of this exciting new cooktop:
- A 6.5-inch, full-color touchscreen display that recognizes pot shape, size, and controls power setting and cooking time.
- The surface area has the largest cooking surface there is (it can accommodate a 21-inch x 13-inch pan).
- A range of 4,600-watt maximum power output with Boost feature and 15-watt minimum power output.
The Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop will be available July 2012 with a MSRP of $4,949.
But, as we all know, our culinary masterpieces sometimes dirty a lot of dishes, so when it comes to cleaning up your creations, Thermador has also stepped things up by introducing the Star-Sapphire dishwasher.
Along with featuring the Thermador-exclusive adjustable Flexible Chef’s Tool Drawer (for all those spatulas, whisks and favorite spoons), Sapphire Glow™ Light (to light the interior and another subtle floor light which, since the unit is so quiet, is the only indication the dishwasher is in use), and Flexible Folding Tines to accommodate a variety of cookware sizes (the rack height also adjusts to clean even your tallest baking racks).
The Star-Sapphire steps up to include the industry’s largest wine glass capacity (18 glasses), smooth glide racks, a Time Remaining PowerBeam®, and StarSpeed™, the industry’s fastest full-wash hot water (it preheats the water ahead of time and the full cycle clocks in at 20 minutes) meaning you shouldn’t run out of serving dishes or wine glasses in mid-dinner party.
Star-Sapphire is available at an MSRP of $2,199.
Investigate the features of various high-end appliances, and keep a file of those you like and dislike. The more you know and are able to share with your kitchen designer or builder, the better your new kitchen will suit you and your family. Thermador is happy to supply spec sheets and any other product information you require to help make your kitchen all you hope it will be.